About fifteen months ago I sent a Facebook message to someone asking for advice on how I could best help the refugee crisis. Well I actually sent lots of messages to lots of people. One person, a firefighting bloke from the North of England immediately replied and asked me ‘would a phone call help?’ We spoke that night and many times since. He was encouraging, helpful and kind. He knew what he was on about.
So, over a year later, this man is my friend. He is still inspirational and kind, and helpful. He also has a wicked sense of humour, and can take the mickey out of anyone and everyone. There is never a dull moment with him around. He spends his leave from his firefighting job, taking himself out to places his skills are needed. He has dragged people from the sea, saving lives and bringing hope. He has made friends in France with people who really need a friend. He is a light in the darkness wherever he goes.
To be honest he is one of so very many people I have found this last year. People who are prepared to step up, to say I will do what I can, and then they do so.
The world is in a mess, this much I know for sure, however I do this it has ever been thus. The difference now is the easy connections through social media bringing together the candles and making sure the light is brighter than ever. This is a good thing and I am thankful to be part of it.